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Follow live: Broncos' defense holds Panthers in check, Denver up at half

Denver's defense sacked Cam Newton four times in the first half as the Broncos stayed a step ahead of the Panthers. Live on ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN (device restricted) and CBS.

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Win probability liking Broncos' chances
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Denver leads the Panthers by 6 points at halftime and the Broncos' win probability has rocketed to 71.3%. In-game live updates

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers have to find a way to get the ball to tight end Greg Olsen in the second half. The team's leading receiver has three catches but for only 34 yards.

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Coldplay highlights Super Bowl halftime
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A star-studded Super Bowl 50 halftime show started with Coldplay, joined by a symphony of young musicians.

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Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Hey, there's Bruno Mars, doing Uptown Funk...and Beyoncé is now on the scene.

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Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Lots of dancing flowers on the field for Coldplay now as they play Adventure of a Lifetime

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Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Coldplay takes the stage and opens with When I Ruled the World

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Heather Burns ESPN.com 

Setting up for halftime show.

Norman and Co. shut down Denver WRs
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The Broncos receivers were quiet in the first half as the unit combined for 5 catches for 50 yards. Demaryius Thomas, the team's top WR, has 1 catch for 8 yards with Josh Norman lining up on him for 21 of 29 snaps.

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Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Dozens of field workers picking up divots and filling in new sod as stage is set up for halftime show.

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carolina opens as 3.5-point 2nd-half favorite over Denver at some Vegas sports books and as high 4.5. In early betting. it looks like more bettors preferring Carolina as -4.5 is more common. 2nd half over/under opened between 21.5 and 23 and the consensus has moved toward 23.

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Heather Burns ESPN.com 

Teams leading by at least six points at halftime are 30-3 in Super Bowl history. The last team to overcome a six-point halftime deficit to win a Super Bowl were the 1993 Dallas Cowboys (XXVIII). They trailed 13-6 at halftime and went on to beat the Bills 30-13.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers wide receivers can't get enough separation versus the Broncos secondary. Carolina has to use more bunch and stack looks in the second half to generate some open targets for Cam Newton.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware are once again taking over on the edge. Too much speed for the Panthers in pass protection. Carolina has to win on early down and distance situations in the second half. Can't get stuck in third and long versus the Denver edge rushers.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Staff Writer 

BRONCOS 13, PANTHERS 7 (halftime): The Broncos scored their sixth defensive touchdown of the season as the Denver defense consistently pressured Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and sacked him three times.

Heather Burns ESPN.com 

Cam Newton: 2-14-1 in his career including playoffs when trailing by six or more points at halftime.

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First half summation: Denver played the way they have all season...Uneven Carolina looks out of sorts

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

Denver leads Carolina 13-7 at halftime. Denver was a 3-point first-half underdog; first half also stays under total of 21.5 points. The "no" cashed at +200 on "will either team score in the last 2 minutes of the first half?" prop.

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Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Defense may win championships but it also makes for boring football. Unless you like that, in which case enjoy. Broncos 13, Panthers 7

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Halftime: Broncos 13, Panthers 7

Denver forced a pair of Carolina turnovers, scoring a defensive touchdown on one of them, to take a 6-point halftime lead at Super Bowl 50. Teams leading by at least 6 points at halftime are 30-3 in Super Bowl history. Follow live

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Cam Newton nearing Super Bowl record
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The Panthers QB rushed for 46 yards in the first half, putting him within reach of the Super Bowl record of 64 rushing yards by a QBs, which Steve McNair set in SB XXXIV.

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Jeff Legwold ESPN Staff Writer 

Peyton Manning's interception was his first since he returned to the lineup in the third quarter of the regular season finale. Broncos are also now just 1-of-8 on third down.